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For Xmas 2012 ….

We have a lot of mottos – one of them is: “Products Kills The Planet!”

Some would say “that’s a bit unusual for a shop”. True, we’ve always been ‘UNUSUAL’:

We’re into fixing shit, NOT CONsuming shite

So, we just couldn’t resist ‘borrowing’ this from our friend:

for-xmas-2012

Who’s this friend? None other than David Icke (http://www.davidicke.com). Yes, David Icke, the footballer & sport commentator. You know, the one we used to LAUGH AT. the one we used to RIDICULE and the one we thought was a NUT-JOB.

Well, read ALL of the rest of his learnings & wisdom and tell us who should be LAUGHED AT, who should be RIDICULED and who really are the NUT-JOBS. Remember, it was David who exposed Jimmy Saville years ago (whilst the paedo was still alive).

If you don’t NEED it, don’t freaking buy it.

 

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Permanently eliminate the biggest problem with bicycles: flat tires

We see a lot of new cycling products on T’InterWeb – some good, mostly shit / useless / unnecessary / done before / etc. Remember: every new product further kills our planet.

However, the following is one product we wholeheartedly support and wish to stock for our customers.
(Hat-Tip to: http://www.bikerumor.com/2012/11/09/milele-flat-proof-inner-tube/)

The Milele Tube

” There are over 5 million people in sub-Saharan Africa who scratch out a living with their bicycles. Many spend over a day’s wages every other week to fix their bike. It is a market served by low quality, imported goods with no focus on products that add value to their lives. “

” Baisikeli Ugunduzi’s first product permanently eliminates the biggest problem with bicycles, flat tires, for less than $10. The Milele tube uses a flexible solid tube and replaces conventional pneumatic tubes. Boda boda (bicycle taxis) spend around a quarter of their income fixing flat tires alone! The Milele tube eliminates the risk of a flat tire and the burden of costly and frequent tube repairs.  This technology lasts several years, never flats, doesn’t need air, can be cut to length for any size wheel, can be reused as tires wear out, and rides like conventional tubes. “

The Milele Tube

Jeffrey (one of the test riders) shows off the Milele tube for a national news agency.

See the website here.

Of course such a product would be GOOD for cyclists worldwide.

Of course such a product would NOT BE GOOD be good for the western world’s “Bicycling Industry” – which doesn’t give a s**t about environmental, social or economic sustainability and relies on the sale of new bikes & products to justify its existence and profits.

At Re-Cycle Engineering, we give a s**t and are trying to encourage Repair, Reuse and Renovation – very much an antithesis to all other shops and the ‘Industry’. We would love it if we could provide this solution to our customers.

As a contrast to the Milele Tube, see this product: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPWcTLTATRw&feature=plcp. At face value, it seems like a good idea. On closer examination, one could ask all sorts of questions (How much will it cost once mass-manufacturing is attained?, Can mud, stones and snow get clogged inside?, What’s the lateral stiffness?, How does one vary the ‘pressure’ or tension? Will tyre manufactures be able to provide various tread surfaces?, Can it made to fit my existing wheels?. etc.). Apologies to the designers, we can’t see this product making it into the mainstream.

 

1993: Busy time for Mr. Clips

Here’s clipping from the local toilet paper from 1993 (thought you might be interested):

And here’s the enlarged version:

 

Ever felt cheated?

PUBLIC NOTICE:

Ever felt cheated?

Meet your very own Strawman on: yourstrawman.com

Be the Freeman-on-the Land that you are.

PS Sod the CENSUS

 

We’ll be open on Friday, 29th April 2011

It pains us to even acknowledge the presence of this treasonous, corrupt and parasitic family. It’s also bewildering to accept the idea millions of unknowing ‘subjects’ will wasting electricity by following the farce on tv. Why do we, the taxpayers, have to foot any of the bill for the security. Why? Their clan is one of the richest in the world.

The whole family should be imprisoned in The Tower of London until they can justify or prove that they have any legitimacy ‘over’ us. The Head has already broken her Coronation Oath many, many times – technically, she has renounced her ‘sovereignty’.

Ho hum.

The Sheeple will continue to pay for them, the corrupt politicians, the unconstitutional EU, their fraudster banks, the exploitative, fat-cat international corporates and almost anyone who threatens them with a fine.

Although we would like to shut up shop for the day in protest, the shop will be open as usual on Friday, 29th April (10am to 6pm). We’ll be here for cyclists.

We’ll give the couple 6 months!

We’re neither anarchists nor ne’re-do-wells. We just want to fairly taxed, fairly legislated and fairly represented. We ALL deserve and need a good representative (local and national) government, good local services, a fair application of justice and a Britain that we can all be proud of.

Anyone else feel the same?

Rant over!.

We hope that you will all have a good couple of weekends. Be good to your family, friends, neighbours and all people. Live with dignity and Honour.

PS Happy Birthday Your Majesty

PPS Sod the Census

 

Closed – Saturday, 26th March 2011

For the very first time in 22 years we will be closed on a Saturday.

We won’t be taking a holiday, or going cycling or posing in the pub. We’re off to Anti- Cuts Demo in London.

This Government (and all those previously), together with their WBanker friends have parasited off the back of all tax-payers for decades. Not only have they laughed into our faces, but also awarded themselves big fat-cat bonuses.

Their collective arrogance, incompetence and immorality is staggering.

Enough we say. We’ll be showing that WE DO NOT CONSENT to their shenanigans. We will be showing our disgust by (initially) demonstrating, hand-in-hand with local government, NHS, fire service, etc. JOIN US.

Apologies for this late notice.

PS. Sod the Census.

 

Just so that you know where we stand

We are offering my pal, Julian Assange, ANY bicycle of his choice from us FOR FREE.

Julian, when you see this, pop into the shop and we’ll measure you up for a bike and bits (helmet, pump, reflective vest, etc.).

Hope to see you soon!

PS I got some gossip for you!

 

Stolen Bikes

When a cyclist has had his/her bike stolen, there are several options available:

  • do nothing – “bicycle theft is an eventuality of cycling, I’ll do without”.
  • buy a cheaper bike – “because that one will be stolen as well”.
  • buy a brand new one – “I can afford it”.
  • contact the insurance company (in the rare occasion that the bikes IS insured) – “they will sort me out a new one!”.

In just a few cases the victim will contact local bike shops hoping that the thief has tried to sell it to them or is having it repaired by them and the shop will (hopefully) call them back. Most are disappointed when the bike shop takes a tacit interest in their plea. Some are astonished when the bike shop tries to sell them a replacement!

At Re-cycle Engineering, we do things differently – we are not like other bike shops. We actually care about their plight and do something about it. We keep written records and advise accordingly. We may be the only shop in Leeds who does – because we don’t want to buy, sell or repair looted cycles!

Although “why bother to keep records – no one ever does anything about it!” may be valid response, we think differently:

  • doing nothing and doing without a bike means that the thieves have won and you have lost out on a cheap, convenient, environmentally-sound and healthy form of personal transport.
  • buying a cheaper bike “because that one will be stolen as well” will degrade your cycling fun.
  • buying a brand new one because “I can afford it” is environmentally unnecessary.
  • getting a replacement from the insurance company (if any) is again environmentally unnecessary.

We have successfully caught several thieves in the past. For example, a recently stolen bike came in for a repair. We got the thief’s details and called the police – they waited in a car outside (middle of winter) for the thief to return to pick up the bike. They ‘lifted’ him and was successfully prosecuted.

Of course, we put ourselves at risk – we’ve personally been threatened with violence and arson! That’s called “Taking Personal Responsibility”.

We also believe that notifying the Law is an essential because

  • the statistics become more realistic and the Police can then justify appropriate resources, and
  • you can be contacted if the bike is recovered.

In almost every instance the basic issues are not addressed:

  • how did the bike get stolen in first instance and
  • what can be done about it in the future.

To avoid having your bike stolen, our advice is:

  1. Get a good Sold Secure rated lock (nothing else will do) – in our experience, about 98% of these thefts are due to poor security (usually cheap cable & D-locks). The thieves are most likely to steal the bike with the least secure lock.
  2. If you leave your bike in the garage/shed, make sure it is locked up to something solid with a Sold Secure rated lock – about a third of all bikes are stolen from such places. Once the thieves are in there, they are out of sight and have all the time in the world (and quite often, the tools are already there too).
  3. If you have to leave your bike in a public space, don’t leave it in exactly the same place every day – the thieves will soon know your timetable & habits and will know when to bring the necessary equipment to relieve you of your pride-and-joy.
  4. Make sure that that your bicycle is security-marked with a recognised system (e.g. DataTag) – the thieves tend to stay clear of bikes which they can’t pass on.
  5. Get some insurance – just in case (shop around, check your Home Contents Insurance Policy).
  6. Make record of the bicycles frame number (usually located under the bottom bracket shell – the part of the frame between the pedal cranks).
  7. Have someone take a photograph of you and the bike – make sure that you are on the left hand side of the bike and that the photo is take from the right hand side (so that anyone can see the make & model, the chainset (front cogs) and the front & rear dérailleurs (gear shifters on the frame).
  8. Register your (new) bike on the supplier’s or manufacturer’s website (if they have the facilities).

IF you are interested, we do sell Sold-Secure rated locks and DataTag equipment – pop into the shop to see for yourself.

Remember most stolen bicycles will only be passed on for £10 or £20 to fund some sad ba£$%rd’s habit.

Happy, safe and secure cycling.

 

Student Discount

We just did a quick search on Leeds bicycle shops to find out which ones offer student discounts. We got quite a surprised!

Although Leeds has over 50,000 students, it appears that, other than us, not one (yeah, that’s right, NOT ONE) offer any support to them.

This is another reason why we can say that “we are not like other shops“.

Re-Cycle Engineering's Student Discount

So, just to reiterate,

Re-Cycle Engineering provides a 10% discount on new parts and accessories to all students – including A-levels, undergraduates and post-graduates – wherever they study!

Unfortunately, this discount excludes our (already very good) offers.